Sheridan Smith leaves Becoming Mum fans in tears as she talks near death trauma

Sheridan Smith left Becoming Mum viewers in tears after she spoke of the loss of her brother, her mental health struggles and her near-death experience after deciding to get herself off her medication.

The bubbly actress revealed all in a frank and honest documentary for ITV, Becoming Mum, which looked at her journey to motherhood while also dealing with her past struggles.

At one point, the 39-year-old told of how a Graham Norton joke about her sent her spiralling off the deep end after she'd been struggling with her mental health and secretly been addicted to medication.

The musical theatre icon took herself to a hotel and decided she would get clean from the medication, without realising that a side effect from going cold turkey could include having seizures.

She ended up suffering from five seizures but a friend saved her and she got rushed to A&E.

Coming through the other end, Sheridan excitedly said: "I can't wait to live and be a mum, things have completely changed now."

Viewers were in tears watching the beloved actress opening up and shared their thoughts on Twitter.

One said: "Four minutes in and I want to ball my eyes out. Sheridan Smith I love you, you're so brave."

Another tweeted: "Already blubbering at Becoming Mum, beyond pleased for Sheridan Smith. I can honestly say she's one of the loveliest people I've ever met and she deserves so much happiness."

A third wrote: "Totally just had some tears then when Sheridan Smith was talking about her brother."

Someone else commented: "I'm already holding back the tears. Always loved watching your shows, love how real and honest you are. From someone with mental health, I want to say thank you."

And a fifth added: "I'm crying at the opening title sequence of Becoming Mum. I love Sheridan so much."

Sheridan also spoke of losing her older brother Julian, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was a child.

Holding back tears, she said: "He was my big, big brother, so I looked up to him but what I vividly remember, which I try to black out, is the night he died and all the screaming."

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